Hi there. My name is Peter_

I’m a startup enthusiast passionate about people, product, and philanthropy.

I’m the founder of Life Changing Labs, a summer incubator and mentorship network for Cornell entrepreneurs, and Life Changing Summer, a program teaching entrepreneurship and programming to high school students from across the world. I also work at Entrepreneurship at Cornell and serve on the Advisory Council. Previously, I managed the Cornell University eLab accelerator.

Taking everything I’ve learned from these experiences, I currently lead StartupTree as its CEO to help fuel the growth of university entrepreneurship globally. My first venture was a philanthropic apparel brand, Life Changing Apparel, which established its own non-profit arm, Life Changing Foundation, in Haiti.

I’ve been involved with a number of startups as co-founder, operator, or primary advisor, and mentored hundreds of students over the past few years. To date, these early stage ventures have collectively raised millions in financing and reached well over a million dollars run rate. The companies are working with some of the biggest publishers, supporting top universities as clients, shipping orders to customers in over 370 cities in 40+ countries, seeking to provide 100x faster Internet with dependable customer service, and more.

I’m grateful to everyone who has supported me throughout the way and look forward to the big things that lie ahead on this unpredictable, but fulfilling, journey.

product | user experience | strategy | marketing |
recruitment & team building | branding | ideation |
identifying opportunities


I’ve had the honor of guest speaking at schools across the country including University of Washington, Tufts University, and Cornell University giving my talk on “How to Become a Student Entrepreneur”.

I have also been invited to speak at the Cornell International Health Conference, Cornell Economics Society, International Students Union Conference, and nominated for the Upstate Venture Ecosystem Awards.

In addition, I have served as a panelist for the Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers, lead mentor for Life Changing Make-a-thon, and judge for several Cornell classes including the “Foundations of Entrepreneurship” course.


I’m always open to connecting with other determined individuals – especially those who love creating and developing things from scratch, making big visions come to life.

peter (at) cortle.com